By Clarissa Cruz
Updated January 17, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Ricki’s retreat! 5 BR, 5.5 BTH house PRICE Nearly $6.5 million. Monica isn’t the only one with a knack for home improvement — her alter ego is pretty handy as well. Courteney Cox and hubby David Arquette — who bought this 5,200-square-foot Brentwood abode in 1996 for a reported $2.1 million and renovated it — recently sold the spread to chat-show host Ricki Lake and her illustrator husband, Rob Sussman. The gated property, originally built in 1949, boasts a pool, skylights, gym, master-bedroom fireplace, guest suite, and an outdoor living room. Just in case Lake gets a Central Perk-like jones.